Product Review (January 2012)
Coast - HP7 LED Flashlight and
HL7 Focusing LED Headlamp

By Kevin Nakano


Coast HP7 LED FlashlightLet's face it, there are plenty of companies making cheap LED flashlights. Unfortunately, the vast majority of them are (low-side compliant) designs that often fail in short time, usually when you need them most. In fact, some fail to work properly right out of the box. I have run into many great flashlight bargains online that ended up being a waste of money, so it was refreshing to see a high quality product that stands out above all others that I have seen.

Coast HP7 LED FlashlightCoast HP7 LED
The Coast HP7 LED Flashlight is a compact design with some excellent features that made it very practical for general purpose use while offering superb build quality. The impact-resistant, lightweight aluminum casing resists rust and corrosion. The flashlight features a rubberized O-ring seal for reliable water resistance and long-term durability. The HP7 provides high light output with good runtime, so frequent users will certainly benefit from it. The rubber-covered rear switch cycles (High/Off/Low/Off) between a high output setting of 251 lumens and a low output of 58 lumens, depending on your needs. I have to say the high output setting is very bright and may be overkill for some applications, so it is nice to have a choice to throttle back the output. The lower setting pulse-width modulates the light output to get a lower average output power. This prevents wasting energy like some cheaper dimming circuits.

The HP7 includes Coast's Pure Beam Focusing Optic System that allows users to quickly change the focus from spot to flood and lock it into place by simply twisting the neck (Beam Lock System) of the flashlight. The Bulls Eye spot beam pattern is designed to provide a focused spot while producing an outer ring of flood light, which allows you to see a broader area to the sides.

Coast HP7 CaseCarrying Case
The HP7 measures 5.5-inches long with a 1.5-inch diameter bezel (1.24-inch body) and includes a heavy-duty carrying pouch with a Velcro cover. The pouch is designed to attach to a belt strap and includes a button snap to keep it secure.

The HP7 is tested and rated to ANSI/FL1 standards, which places strict guidance on peak beam intensity, beam distance, impact resistance, run time, light output, and water resistance/proof. Coast offers a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship on their products. It is nice to see that they stand behind their products.


Coast HL7 LED HeadlightHL7 LED Headlight
Another great product from Coast is the HL7 Focusing Headlamp, which includes much of the same technology as the HP7. The HL7 includes adjustable focus on the light assembly and dimming features on the battery pack. The Pure Beam Focusing Optic system is designed to get more usable light on the area of interest using this beam shaping technology. The light assembly can be tilted up or down, so it is easy to pinpoint the light where you need it.

The large power switch on the top of the LED unit has an easy-to-grip focusing bezel to ensure no fumbling in the dark, when it is often most difficult to access especially if you happen to have gloves on. Simply reach on the back where the battery pack is stored and the user can slide the large dimming lever to set the right amount of light on the subject. Since the power pack is separate from the front lamp, an expandable Z-Cord is provided to power the LED assembly and is built into the headband to reduce the possibility of snagging. Like the HP7, the HL7 is rated to ANSI/FL1 standards, so you are getting a consistent and quality product.


Conclusion
Both the Coast HP7 ($53) and HL7 ($43) are great products with excellent build quality and functionality. No longer do you have to put up with cheap, unreliable LED products that do not work well under difficult conditions. We have used both products in custom installation applications that include wiring in the attic and behind our A/V equipment. They never let us down. In addition, both products are powered from standard "AAA" batteries, so the cost to run these units will be minimal. If you are looking for an alternative to cheap LED flashlights, you will not be disappointed with these Coast products
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- Kevin Nakano

 





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Review at a glance


Coast - HP7 LED Flashlight and HL7 LED Headlight


HP7 Features

  • Light output: High - 251 lumens; Low - 58 lumens
  • Runtime: High - 5 hours 45 minutes; Low - 10 hours
  • Beam distance: High - 196 meters (642 ft); Low - 66 meters (216 ft)
  • 4 X AAA batteries (included)
  • Aluminum casing; Rubber rear switch
  • High and low output modes
  • Impact and water resistant
  • 7.2 ounces (including batteries)
  • 5.54 inch length
  • Diameter: Body - 1.24 inches; Bezel - 1.49 inches

HL7 Features

  • Light output: High - 196 lumens; Low - 3 lumens
  • Runtime: High - 5 hours 45 minutes; Low - 76 hours 30 minutes
  • Beam distance: High - 109 meters (357 ft); Low - 17 meters (55 ft)
  • 3 X AAA batteries (included)
  • Cyclone™ Heat Sink System
  • Z Cord in headband for added durability
  • Adjustable elastic straps
  • Easy to operate front power switch
  • Impact and water resistant
  • 4.4 ounces (including batteries)

Warranty

  • Coast's lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship

Company Information
Coast Portland
P.O. Box 5821
Portland, OR 97228 USA
Phone: 503-234-4545
Fax 503-234-4422
Toll Free: 800-426-5858

Source: Manufacture Supplied
HP7 (Flashlight) MSRP: $53

HL7 (Headlight) MSRP: $43

URL: www.COASTportland.com


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